Deptford gets a £1 million regeneration boost and 121 new homes

Homes at Rise - a new London living quarter - benefit from a communal roof terrace and market square.
For decades, Deptford was misunderstood by "outsiders" who never visited the area and dismissed it as dreary and dangerous. To the insider, it is an inner-city secret — mixed, vibrant, historic, arty, with decent value, some fine architecture and excellent transport connections — six minutes by train to London Bridge, 12 minutes on the Docklands Light Railway to Canary Wharf.
Regeneration amounting to £1 billion is ripping through the district as developers, home buyers and business people discover its merits. And for the rooted local community, many of them creatives, there is a new sense of identity. The unpretentious high street — where independent shops serving the needs of a multi-ethnic community still rule the roost — is the focus of much activity. Deptford railway station, the oldest in London, and its immediate surroundings are benefiting from a showpiece project designed by renowned architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Called Rise, the scheme, pictured, links into the upgraded station and comprises a dashing new apartment block with 121 homes, a communal roof terrace and a market square, while derelict railway arches are being brought back to life as workspaces and retail premises. Prices from £430,000. Call Property Frontiers on 01865 202700.

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